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JUNE 2008

FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

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2008 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY: A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities

2008 REPORT ON THE STATE OF THE MANAGED RECREATION INDUSTRY

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities

We asked more than 2,000 professionals from across the industry about their experience with facility operations, staffing, programming, building and much more. Here, we summarize the results from all facility types.

REGIONAL TRENDS

Here, There and Everywhere

Breaking things down by region, this section takes a look at trends in facilities across the country. Learn where facility directors are anticipating growing usage and revenues, and where to find more synthetic turf, where to find more skateparks and where more facilities are planning to build.

COMMUNITY TRENDS

Town and Country

With big differences in budgets and uses, professionals from urban facilities and rural facilities weighed in with their take on the current trends.

AQUATIC FACILITIES

The Deep End

For the first time, we look at trends in aquatic facilities. With a major focus on leisure facilities, it's no surprise that waterpark-like trends such as slides and spraygrounds are taking a firm hold.

PARKS & COMMUNITY RECREATION CENTERS

Get 'em Active, Get 'em Outside

Parks and recreation departments help build our communities, connecting people with opportunities for recreation, sports, fitness, education and more. Read on to learn more about the major trends impacting the field.

COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES

Fit and Healthy on Campus

Colleges and universities across the country offer sports and recreational fun as a way to get students interested in attending and to keep them healthy once they're there. Here we look at the major trends in campus recreation.

SCHOOLS AND SCHOOL DISTRICTS

School Days

At schools across the country, recess and physical education are being sacrificed, and the ever-growing problem of childhood obesity is becoming a growing concern. This section of the report explores the trends in sports, recreation and fitness among schools.

HEALTH CLUBS

Join the Club

In health and fitness clubs, facility managers this year tended to be more conservative in their spending and projections than other survey respondents. Find out what trends are impacting the health club market.

YMCAs, YWCAs and JCCs

Helping Build Healthy Communities

While many of the trends occurring in YMCAs and similar facilities mirror what's taking place in health clubs, these facility managers are anticipating much higher spending and revenues, as well as a greater focus on building healthy families.

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